We’ve all side-eyed the chipper runners jogging by at 6 a.m. in their short-shorts and sports bras and felt a little envious, despite our simmering resentment. How do they get out there and do it every morning? How did they become Runners? Though running is theoretically one of the most natural sports for humans, the general responses to running tend to be, “It’s hard. It sucks. I wish I could do it.”
For those who wish they liked running (but actually hate it), Lisa Jhung’s Running That Doesn’t Suck has arrived. In this pithy, humorous, and down-to-earth guide, Jhung gets back to basics, breaking down the barriers for aspiring runners. She encourages readers to “embrace the suckiness” and gives advice on how to get started-and how to keep going. (Hint: You don’t have to run at 6 a.m. and you definitely don’t have to wear short-shorts.) Jhung also offers body maintenance tips, nutritional advice, and running etiquette pointers.
Smartly organized with chapters that don’t necessarily need to be read in order, full of sage advice garnered from Jhung’s two decades of writing about running, and including insights from professional runners, sports psychologists, coaches, physical therapists and more, this book has all the meat an aspiring runner needs to get hooked on the sport.